California launches Precision Medicine Impact Challenge with Singularity University

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) have teamed up with Singularity University (SU) to issue a call to entrepreneurs to submit ideas using precision medicine approaches to foster prevention, early detection, and better management of disease.

The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize from Singularity University and be invited to present their idea and prototype on the main stage at Exponential Medicine, a unique experience that gathers leading minds in biomedicine and technology to explore and leverage fast moving technologies to shape the future of health and medicine.

“California is a pioneer in innovation, and supporting the entrepreneurial community to develop precision medicine approaches is key,” said Louis Stewart, GO-Biz deputy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “GO-Biz is honored to partner with OPR and Singularity University to leverage the state Innovation Hubs (I-Hubs) and help inspire new precision medicine solutions.”

The State has already recognized the importance of precision medicine. Governor Brown launched the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) in April 2015 to “better understand disease through advanced computing and spur public-private collaboration throughout the state.” UC Health, with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the lead, coordinates the broader initiative with OPR and is hosting two demonstration projects selected through a competitive peer-review process.

READ MORE of this story at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development by Brook Taylor.

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